Topes - Giant Mexican Speedbumps
Beware of lurking 'Topes'!
Topes are Mexican speed bumps that are 2-3 times larger than the usual speed bumps most folks are used to gliding over in the US or Canada. If you do not slow down to a snail's pace before hitting a tope, you can expect to launch your vehicle into flight, potentially damage your suspension, and possibly bite half-way through your tongue.
In many areas in Mexico (especially throughout Baja), topes will be located at the beginning and ending of most towns along the major highways. They are not always clearly marked, so always keep an eye out for them. If you see any signs of civilization emerging in the distance on down the road, prepare to slow down!
We have actually seen some Mexican insurance claims filed due to vehicles hitting topes at high speeds. So please take this warning seriously. Please visit our Mexico Driving Safety page for more information on how to drive safely in Mexico.